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so when we talk about a rigged economy, an economy where the rich get much richer while almost everybody else gets poor, it seems a little bit absurd that the middle class has got to subsidize the wealthiest family in this country. [applause] so i say to the walton family, the owners of walmart, get off of welfare. start paying your workers a decent wage. [applause] that is wealth. when we talk about income, despite the fact that so many people are working such long
hours, it turns out that 58% of all new income generated goes to the top 1%. are you ready for a radical idea? why not. why not create an economy that works for working families. [applause] but when we talk about the economy, it is not only the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. it is also about jobs. every month, the federal government issues a set of reports on unemployment. the report most of you see is the official unemployment report.
which is now about 5%. but it does not include are those people that have given up looking for work in those people working part-time who want to work full-time. you add that together and we're close to 10%. and here's something that's almost never discussed at all but it is a huge and tragic issue. the problem of youth unemployment. i asked economists to do a study for me. tell me what real youth unemployment is in this country for kids who graduate high school. kids who were white, 33% unemployed. 36%, african-american,
51%. if anybody in this room thinks there is not a connection between that outrageously high level of youth unemployment and the fact that we have more people in jail than in any other country on earth, i believe you would be mistaken. [applause] today in america, we have 2.2 million people in jail. we spent $80 billion a year locking them up. here is my second radical idea of the evening. maybe it makes a lot more sense for us to be investing in education and jobs rather than jails and incarcerations. [applause]
street holding up big placards. they said we want a 40 hour work week. 100 years have come and gone and we still want the 40 hour work week. turns out that we in the united states work the longest hours of any people in the industrialized world. the japanese are very hard workers. we work longer hours than they do. one of the obvious reasons is that wages in this country are too damn low. [applause] so let me be very clear. the federal minimum wage today of $7.25 is a starvation wage.
we need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour over the next few years. [applause] when we talk about equitable wages, i hope that every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity for women workers. [applause] there is no rational economic reason why women should be making $.79 on the dollar compared to men. it's just old-fashioned sexism and together, we are going to
change that. [applause] now in new hampshire, for better or for worse, you see a lot of politicians talking previously. if they are republican, you may hear them talking about family values. they love families. they stay up nights worrying about families. [laughter] especially if they are very wealthy families that can contribute to their campaigns. but you all know what they mean by family values. matter.t a laughing
what they mean is that no woman in this room, in this country should have the right to control her own body. i disagree. [applause] what they mean by family values is that we should defund planned parenthood. i think we should expand funding for planned parenthood. [applause] what they mean by family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not have the right to get married. i disagree. [applause]
my wife and i have been married for 27 years. we have four grandkids. -- great kids. we have seven beautiful grandchildren and we are very proud of our family. we believe very strongly in family values. but when i talk about family values, my values are a little different from republicans. i mean ending the international embarrassment of the united states of america being the only major country on earth that does not provide paid family and medical leave. [applause] now the good and beautiful news
is that here in new hampshire today and vermont, women are giving birth and those of you who are parents know what an extraordinary day that is. it's a pretty big day for the baby as well. if that woman who gives birth today is a working-class woman, the likelihood is that she will have to basically give up her baby, lose contact with her baby, and go back to work in a week or two in order to earn enough money to take care of her family. that is the opposite of what a family value is. [applause]
virtually every government on earth, not only wealthy nations understand that mom and dad should have the right to stay home in what amounts to the most important weeks and months of that human being's life. all of you know that kids get sick. and mom or dad should have the right to stay home with their child. parents get sick. sons and daughters should have the right to tend to their mothers and fathers. that is why i am strongly supporting and will make happen as president, three months of paid family and medical leave for every family in america. [applause]
that is not a radical idea. every other country on earth can do it, i think we can as well. when we talk about the economy, we're talking about job creation. when youth unemployment is higher than 10%, in my view, we need a massive federal jobs program to put our people back to work. [applause] we should be hiring teachers, not firing teachers. [applause]
when we have a dysfunctional child care and pre-k system, which for many families is not affordable and where childcare workers are earning minimum wage or a little bit more, we need to create hundreds of thousands of jobs for well-trained, well-paid childcare workers. [applause] and when we have an infrastructure. roads, bridges, water systems, wastewater plants. i'm not just talking about flint, michigan. i'm talking about municipalities all over this country where water systems are leaking and in bad trouble. we need to rebuild the rail system to catch up with europe and japan and china.
[applause] we can create 13 million decent paying jobs rebuilding our infrastructure with a $1 trillion investment and i intend to make that investment. [applause] people say that's a great idea but it's an expensive proposition. where will we get the money? we will end this outrageous tax loophole that allows major billion dollar profitable corporations to stash their money in the cayman islands and other tax havens. [applause]
we are losing $100 billion a year. we have corporations that make billions of dollars not paying a nickel. that is wrong. we're going to change that and invest in the infrastructure. [applause] and by the way, not only do we need to create millions of good paying jobs, we need to stop the loss of millions of jobs through a disastrous trade policy that allows corporate america to shut down plants here and move to low-wage countries abroad. [applause]
when i talk about an economy that is rigged. when i talk about a campaign finance system that is broken, it turns out that we have seen all of that in a recent story in the papers about a week ago. it tells you corrupt our economic, political, and criminal justice systems is. it was announced that goldman sachs was going to reach a settlement with the federal government for five billion dollars. they were reaching that settlement because they had sold subprime mortgage packages that were worthless.
over the last 30 years, goldman sachs has operated a revolving door. and goleave wall street into government, do the bidding of wall street and go back to the private sector. goldman sachs is given this country two secretaries of the treasury. that's how the system works. the government works for big money. it turns out the guy that is head of goldman sachs, the financial institution that paid $5 billion in settlements with
the government is a billionaire who, a couple of years ago, went to the congress and said, you know what? you've got to cut social security, medicare, you got to cut medicaid. this is coming from a billionaire whose company paid a $5 billion fine for ripping off the american people. when we talk about why the american people are angry and why they are increasingly alienated from the political process, it has a lot to do with the fact that there are kids in new hampshire and kids in vermont that get arrested for possessing marijuana. and they get a police record.
and when you are the ceo of a multibillion-dollar financial institution which helped crash the economy because of their greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior, helped create a situation in which millions of people lost their homes, life savings, their jobs. and when you are that person, you somehow don't get a police record. that is wrong. that is got change. -- that has got to change. [applause] and by the way, to make a bad situation even worse, this particular company spends huge
amounts of money on campaign contributions and on speakers fees to unnamed candidates. but that's how the system works. that's what power is about. it's why the 1% gets richer and everybody else gets poorer. and when i talked about the political revolution and bringing in millions of people, powermongeringt to create a government that works for all of us, not just a handful of people. [applause] and speaking about campaign
contributions, today is the sixth anniversary of one of the worst supreme court decisions in the history of this country. that is the citizens united decision. and what citizens united did was to say to the very wealthiest people in this country, you already own much of the economy and that we will give you an opportunity to purchase the united states government. and that is what they are trying to do. you have one family and a few of their friends, the koch brothers, that are very nervous and unhappy. they're working really hard and think they can become even richer if they can cut social
security and medicare but and -- end social security and medicare and medicaid and the environmental protection agency. that is a family spending $900 million on this campaign. when you have one family spending more money in a campaign than either the democratic party or the republican party, you are not looking at a democratic society. you are looking at an oligarchic society. together, we are going to stop that. [applause] and the reason that that issue is so important is that it
touches on every other issue. you name the issue. if people are elected to office to represent the wealthy and the powerful, the needs of the middle-class and working families, the needs of women and children and of the environment will not be addressed. let me conclude that by telling you -- here is the problem. no nominee of mine to the united states supreme court will get that nomination unless he or she is crystal clear that they will vote to overturn citizens united. [applause] everybody in this room knows that we live in a highly competitive global economy.
and if we are going to succeed, we need the best educated workforce in the world. there was once a time when we did. that time is not anymore. it seems to me to be totally absurd and beyond comprehension that when we need the intellectual capabilities of all of our people, we have hundreds of thousands of young americans who are able and qualified who cannot get to college for one reason and one reason at all. and that is their families lack the money. that is why i believe that in the year 2016, we must make public colleges tuition free. [applause]
and i say that not just for the obvious reasons. that it means that bright young people will be able to go to college. but there is a more profound reason. i grew up in a family that never had a lot of money. but like every new you, the people you associate with, you associate people with similar economic backgrounds. the people we associated with just did not have college education. there are kids that don't know anybody who went to college. if we can make public colleges and universities tuition free, every parent and teacher and
child in this country, kids in the sixth grade and eighth grade understand that if they do their school work, if they pay attention. [applause] they will be able to get a college education regardless of the income of their families. that is revolutionary. and when we talk about our responsibilities as adults and inhabitants of this earth, it seems to me that we have a moral responsibility to make sure that the planet we leave our children and grandchildren is healthy and habitable. [applause]
i sit on the senate environmental committee. committe.ergy i've met scientists all over our country and all over the world. climate change is real. it is caused by human activity. it is already causing major problems in our country and around the world. this is scary stuff, if we do not get our act together, planet earth could become 10 degrees warmer by the end of this century. means more drought, more rising sea levels, more international conflict as people
fight for natural resources. i will lead our country into working with russia and china, india, countries all over the world to take on the fossil fuel industry, transform our energy system away from fossil fuels. let me connect some dots here and show you how everything is related to everything else. [applause] today, we have a major political party called the republican party. not one of their candidates has
-- and they have many candidates -- has stood up and said i have read the literature, i've talked to the scientists, we've got a problem. climate change is real, we better do something about it. not one. and in the congress, there are very few of them. some may say that republicans are dumb or something like that. that's not the case. you may think it's the case but it's not the case. i serve with republicans and we discuss the issues like cancer and alzheimer's disease and heart disease on the health committee. they asked the same rational questions anybody else would ask. they don't go around attacking cancer researchers. but on this issue, things are very different.
and the reason for that is a corrupt campaign finance system which tells republicans that if one of them were to stand up and say climate change is real, we've got to do something about that. on that day, they would lose their funding from the koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry. [applause] and that is just one example of many for why we need campaign finance reform. [applause] when we talk about america, and when we talk about the future of our country, what i am trying to do is to get people to think big
and not small. we would have one type of discussion if we were an impoverished country. but we are the wealthiest in the history of the world. and it calls for a different type of discussion. there is one major country on earth, the country that you live in that does not guarantee health care to every man, woman, and child as a right. [applause] i have been criticized for believing that health care is a right and not a privilege. people want to criticize me, that's fine. that is what i believe. [applause]
i am a member of the senate health education committee. and in that capacity, spent an enormous amount of time working on the affordable care act. and in my view, the affordable care act has done some very important things. it has ended the private insurance company obscenity of pre-existing conditions. [applause] and 20 years from now or 50 years from now, people will look back and say i cannot believe you had a system where insurance companies could tell somebody that you had breast cancer five years ago, we will provide you with insurance but not for breast cancer because it may recur. it's like saying i'm going to give you fire insurance unless if you have a fire.
it is totally insane. that's gone. what we have also done is provided health insurance for 17 million americans that otherwise would not have it. it is much fairer to women who do not have to pay higher prices for insurance than men. there's good stuff but let's also be clear. today 29 million american americans have no health insurance. many more are underinsured with high deductibles and copayments. there are people in this room that have high deductibles. anybody want to tell us what their deductible is? $6,000. $4000. $10,000. ok.
[laughter] whatever i do, i feel like a vermont auctioneer. sorry to say you won unless someone can go higher than $10,000. but that means is that people do have insurance. but they have high deductibles and high copayments. it means that people hesitate to go to the doctor when they are sick because they don't have the money in their pocket. sometimes people go into the doctor's office and they are really sick. the doctor says why didn't you come in here six months ago. i didn't have any health insurance or maybe i had a high deductible. sometimes those people do not make it. sometimes they end up in the hospital with great expense and great suffering.
in my view, when we have a system that shows 29 million people uninsured, more underinsured, when we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, when we end up spending almost three times more than the british spend to provide health care to all of their people, 50% more than the french spend to provide health care, far more than our canadian neighbors. i think that we need to move forward for a medicare for all single-payer program. [applause]
and because medicare for all takes the private insurance companies out of the equation. the prices with the drug companies, we end up with a medicare program saving middle-class families thousands of dollars a year on the health care costs. [applause] when we talk about issues in america, i know all of you share with me our fatigue, our disgust, our anger at seeing videos on television of innocent people being shot to death by police officers. [applause]
and often, those people are african-american or latino. i was the mayor of burlington, vermont. and in that capacity, worked very hard. the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard-working. asked to do an enormously difficult job. [applause] it is not easy to be a police officer in 2015. but as is the case, if a police officer breaks the law, the officer must be held accountable. [applause]
we need major reforms, we need to de-militarize the local police department. [applause] we need to make police departments look like the diversity that the communities that they serve. [applause] we need to take a hard look at the so-called war on drugs. [applause] right now, marijuana is listed as a schedule one drug right next to heroin. i don't have to tell the people of new hampshire about the horror of heroin and i don't have to tell the people of my state about the horror of
heroin. it's a growing problem all over this country. we have got to get a handle on it. [applause] which means that we need a revolution in mental health treatment in this country. [applause] which means that when people need treatment for substance abuse, they get the treatment when they need it, not six months from when they need it. [applause] and i am aware, i just met a mother earlier today who lost her daughter to drugs. i know how serious that problem is in your state and how serious the problem is in my state.
but when you have marijuana next to heroin, i think that makes no sense to me at all. [applause] and what i worry about is young people who get police records for possession of marijuana and then find it really hard to go out and get a job, and that is why i have introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the controlled substance act. [applause] in america today, we have about 11 million undocumented people. many of them are being exploited. many of them are living in fear. i have talked to young latinos
with tears running down their cheeks who worry that their parents could be deported or that they could be deported. as president, i will be as aggressive as i can in moving toward comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship. [applause] now, we can have honest disagreements about any issue, including immigration reform. but what we should not be having in the year 2016, what we should not be having our candidates using racism and bigotry -- the [applause]
the idea that somehow in the middle of the night we're going to pick up in roundup 11 million people and throw them out of the country. the idea of people like donald trump referring to people who come into this country as criminals and rapists is unacceptable. unacceptable. [applause] this campaign is about not just electing a president. it is about transforming america. it was mentioned a little while ago that it's not good enough to elect a president. what we need to do is to transform this country. and no president can do it alone.
we need to be working together. we need to raise political consciousness, we need to have an understanding about what is going on in washington in a way we have not had for a very, very long time. [applause] so here is the bottom line. the bottom line is that we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world. we are a country in the last 30 years that has seen a massive transfer of wealth away from the middle class to the top 1/10 of 1%. i believe that if we stand together, if we do not allow the donald trump's of the world to divide us up as if we are latino or muslim, but if we stand together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish. [applause]
please don't tell me that the united states of america, our great country, cannot guarantee health care to all people as a right. don't tell me that we cannot make certain that all of our young people, regardless of the income of their families, are able to get a college education if they have the ability to do so. and don't tell me that we can't train carpenters and plumbers and sheet metal workers who need that training to get good jobs. don't tell me that we have to have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth at the same time as we have more childhood poverty than any other country on earth.
don't tell me that we have to maintain a crumbling infrastructure. don't tell me that we cannot address the fact that the wealthiest people in this country often pay and effective tax rate lower than what you pay. [applause] when we stand together, there is nothing would cannot accomplish. that is what this campaign is about, and that is what a sanders administration is about. thank you all very much. [applause]
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>> with the latest polls showing donald trump and senator cruz leading a week and a half before the figure a first iowa caucuses, it is loosely some of the other contenders. often said that there are three tickets out of iowa, joining us from des moines is the chief political correspondent from the des moines register, jennifer jacobs. thank you for being with us. your story focusing on senator rubio, and ben carson. where are their campaigns today? jennifer: in iowa, the big question is, can anyone else rise up to beat ted cruz or donald trump in iowa? those guys have skyhigh numbers in the horse race. pollked some of our iowa respondents who say they have favorable feelings. what would it take for them to be their number one choice? both carson and rubio have the potential to win. they are popular with the likely gop caucus-goers. they're trying to figure out what on earth it would take. as i called around to a couple
dozen poll respondents they all said, yes, we really like both of them for various reasons. they had to reuters -- two words, not ready. >> we learned years ago when senators sanatorium was narrowly onning the iowa caucuses caucus night, a lot can happen in the next 10 days. jennifer: that is exactly it, it is always the dream of being on front runners that only they will hit this last-minute jackpot in iowa and they will get all of the favorable press that will give them momentum as -- head tonto the south carolina. we have seen it, huckabee had a big lead. rick santorum, days before the caucus vote in 2012, pulling picked up three days before the vote that rick santorum was searching. the finished 34 boys -- votes ahead of mitt romney.
of thesesee all candidates in iowa at the last minute saying, we know that voters decided to the last minute. i can still win. they are all thinking that. even the people at the bottom. we did have a 21 point lead this cycle, ted cruz, and our october poll was around 10 or 11. he made a 21 point lead into the front in the early december poll. 21 points is amazing. it can happen. everybody in the field is thinking they will be the next person for that to happen. >> we should point out, we will weekend, the all-important endorsement leading up to the caucuses. if you look at senator rubio and ben carson and you get the words, not ready -- this year there is so much antiestablishment anger or frustration within the republican party, what do you
sense we will see from the campaigns and other candidates? jennifer: they will have to show that they can appeal to that particular segment. our polling shows that a majority of likely caucus-goers once a disruptor. they want someone to shake up government in washington dc. so far i think donald trump is the best for that, and ted cruz is the second-best. right now in iowa you will see marco rubio is reading at television -- running a television ad. he says many of the same things ted cruz is saying, he will finish building a wall, he opposes amnesty and various buzzwords that are popular with that antiestablishment crowd. ben carson has a stellar reputation with our evangelical christian conservatives in iowa. he also has the profile to do well in iowa. we know from our polling numbers, 73% think favorably of him as well as 73% have a high opinion of marco rubio.
both of them are cut out to do very well. but you are right, they need to tailor their message to prove to that likely caucus-goers somehow they can be better than ted cruz and tall drum -- donald trump at shaking up washington. a reporter, you are closer to this than anyone else, who has the strongest for public and organization, and what kind of organization does donald trump have? trump,r: even donald when he was in iowa last friday said, all of the pundits say that you guys are not going to show up for me. he said, are you going to show up for me? i don't know. even truck is not know. -- donald trump is not now. say --his iowa chair keep in mind, it is a secret ballot. if you're feeling chicken, don't worry, your neighbors will not know. you can write it down on a piece of paper. in our encountered that calls around iowa and talking to people. they really don't want to
publicly admit there donald trump backers. but they really do like him. i think people will show up for donald trump if they are inspired. unlikely caucus-goers do not need handholding -- likely caucus-goers do not need handholding. they show up for whoever they are most passionate about. who knows with donald trump's organization. they are spending money. ted cruz -- from all sides has a wonderful organization. they had tons of volunteers. they are making 12,000 phone calls a day to islands. -- iowans. they have people knocking on doors. ben carson also has a super pac who has been going gangbusters for him. he should have a fine ground game. it is all about popular -- popularity. that ground game can get you a couple points ahead in the race, but unless people are really passionate about you, the ground game is not going to overcome a
lack of interest in a candidate. tofinally come as he talked the candidates come a talk to campaign staffers, he watched the process, you attend rallies, what is your sense? what does it feel like a week and a half before the caucuses? jennifer: it feels really exciting, it feels unforgettable. i don't think anyone out there can tell you who will win the iowa caucus. how crazy. our polls show it is a two-point race -- three point race on the gop side, it is amazing. it is so volatile. nobody knows. >> jennifer jacobs is chief political correspondent for the des moines register, joining us in iowa, thank you very much. jennifer: you are welcome. announcer: during campaign 2016 c-span takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org.
announcer: in a credit presidential candidate hillary clinton supporters in iowa city. she asked the audience to caucus for her in iowa. she is introduced by singer, demi lovato. [applause] demi lovato: thank you, guys. now i think it is time we celebrate the real superstar that is here today. say, i could not be more thrilled to be here in support of her. the person that is about to walk on this stage. not only am i voting for her because of her beliefs, her
♪ hillary clinton: oh my gosh. thank you so much. oh my gosh, i am so happy to be you, iut i have to tell am so thrilled that jimmy is here with us -- demi lovato is here with us. you already know what an extraordinary talents she is. you got a taste of that tonight. i want to thank her for how brave she is. how confident she is. [cheers] because she is using her voice
not only to sing and inspire us through that, she is using her voice to reach out to so many people who need a little bit of help themselves, who have some challenges, but she is determined to help people find their way through. and i appreciate that, because i think we all need to help each other along life's way. demi, you have been just an extraordinary example for so many in the way that you have talked about issues that people find sometimes hard to talk about. [cheers] you have given hope and a lot of positive reinforcement to so many. i am thrilled you are here lending your voice, and your
example to our efforts to get people to come out and caucus on federally first. -- on february 1. are precinctou captains, team leaders, volunteers, people who are already involved? thank you so much. and somewhere in this big crowd is congressman dave loebsack. i am thrilled to have him here as well. it's going to be an exciting 10 or 11 days now until we get to the caucus, and i am hoping that each and every one of you will get interested, get involved, be part of this process. people in iowa literally are being watched not just around our country, but around the world because you get the first chance to decide who will be the
next president of the united states. [applause] and i would be so thrilled and ednored if you came and caucus for me on federally first -- february 1. and i promise you i will work as hard as i know how to take it to the republicans to win the election in november of 2016. i am proud of the progress we ,ave made under president obama and i don't want anyone sending us back. you have not already, sign up to be part of this campaign. not only to deal with the big issues like how do we get the economy working for everyone, not just those of the top and raise incomes.
how do we keep our country safe and lead the world with peace, prosperity, and security. of do we deal with a lot those problems that people across iowa talk to me about. how are we going to afford college? how are we going to get the cost of student debt down? how are we going to make it? to affordfor people everything from prescription drugs to childcare? how are we going to defend our rights, our civil rights, human rights, women's rights come a gay, voting rights, workers rights? [applause] and how are we going to take on whodig special interests are always trying to put a wall against the progress we believe in. i am going to take them on, whether they are insurance
companies, banks, or the gun lobby. we will not let them have their way. [applause] this is a great night here at the university made very special by this extraordinary young woman. [applause] please, join us in helping to change our country, keep it on a progressive path, make sure we do not go back, we go forward with confidence. thank you, demi lovato. [applause] ♪
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job of every day. and now, the first lady who helped get health care for 8 million kids, the senator who helped a city rise again. the secretary of state who stood up for america, and stare down hostile leaders around the world, is the one candidate for president who has everything it takes to do every part of the job. she will it -- never let anyone privatize social security or medicare, or shut down when parenthood. she will take down the gun lobby, finally gets equal pay for women, and stop the republicans run the dust from ripping all of the progress of way. on february 1, stand up for hillary, if you want a president who knows how to get america's strength come and build a stronger economy, hillary is the choice. hillary clinton: i am listening for you, i am fighting for you, and with your support, i will deliver. i'm hillary clinton, and i
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iowa campaign office and davenport. we will take you to live at 12:30 eastern here on c-span. coming up on c-span, the senate armed services committee hearing from armed secretary nominee eric fanning. then jerry brown delivers the state of the state address. that is followed by veterans affairs secretary robert mcdonald, on modernizing the v.a.. january 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of the supreme court decision in roe v way, legalizing abortion in the united states. pro-choice of naral america talks about the supreme courts decision to hear cases on women's reproductive rights.
and then david delighted and will talk about his organizations role in the secret videotapes of the planned parenthood staff. washington journal is live every morning at 7:30 a.m. eastern on c-span. you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. announcer: c-span's campaign ties eckstein is taking you the road to the white house for the iowa caucus. monday, february 1, our live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span and c-span2. we will bring you live, pre-caucus coverage. at 8:00 p.m. eastern, we will take you to the republican caucus on c-span and the democratic caucus on c-span2. see the event live in a fighter -- entirety. be sure to stay with c-span on c-span radio and c-span.org. announcer: next, the senate armed services committee of eric fanning.
>> good morning. >> good morning. before i begin my statement, i would like to note its been reported the white house has all the riser department of defense to target isil in afghanistan, the first authorization beyond iraq and syria. many of us may be interested to we have confined our attacks on isil to a rock and syria.- to iraq and more than a year into the u.s. reachry campaign, isil's is global and growing.
conditions on the crowd in afghanistan simply don't warrant a dangerous calendar driven withdrawal of u.s. forces. the committee meets this money to consider the nomination of eric fanning to be secretary of the army. we understand your mother is joining us this morning as is .ur tradition, mr. fanning we hope you will take the opportunity to introduce her and any other family and friends joining you today. the u.s. army is at war tested by 15 years of war. the army is confronting growing threats and increasing operational demands. by the end of the next fiscal year, the army will be cut down to 450,000 active duty personnel soldiers down from a wartime peak of 570,000. these budget driven force reductions were decided